(WWLP) – During the summer months, many people are worried about their plants not getting enough water; however, that shouldn’t be a problem this month with a record-breaking amount of rain falling throughout July.
High rainfall amounts can rot the root of the plants, which could then kill the plant. Plants that do survive having too much water may have bland fruit. Berries that are picked in the rain can retain the water, which could lead to the rapid growth of mold and not staying fresh long on the shelf.
“I do feel bad that this amount of rain hurts our farmers market, not as many people come out and some of the stands can’t be here,” Jennifer Whitehead said.
With more rain showers in the forecast, it’s important to not get down about the rain.
“Go with the flow, this is New England. Sometimes it’s going to be really rainy and it’s been really rainy, but don’t let it get you down!” Whitehead said.
Some ways to make your berries last longer would be to pick them on a dry day and only wash them right before using them. Plants also can sustain more water when they are planted in a raised bed instead of just in the ground.